[thelist] Browser Plug-Ins - No More Standard?

Chris Garrett chris at chrisg.com
Thu Aug 23 08:39:59 CDT 2001

I heard this was to "knife" Java, but also to comply with a small software
firms patent on the plugin technology. Apple quicktime has been bitten by it



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----- Original Message -----
From: "Luther, Ron" <Ron.Luther at compaq.com>
To: <thelist at lists.evolt.org>
Sent: Thursday, August 23, 2001 2:20 PM
Subject: [thelist] Browser Plug-Ins - No More Standard?

> Hi Gang,
> I'm still trying to get the details and a better understanding of what the
> implications might be and thought some of the regulars here might have
> ideas or some info I don't have yet.
> I received a spam-o-gram from the support group of a software company
> product I use quite a bit on a daily basis to develop 'Intranet-enabled'
> reports.  [Their reporting system requires my users to have their browser
> plug-in in order to work with my reports.]
> >From what little I can gather it sounds like "back in the day" third
> software houses developed their plug-in to work with Netscape.  The issue
> seems to be that IE has (until now) always honored or at least played-nice
> with Netscape-style plug-ins.
> This softare vendor is crying 'foul' claiming that MS "jumped the gun" and
> cut support for the 'Netscape-style' plug-ins prematurely:
> http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q303/4/01.asp
> Has anybody else heard anything about this?   Any idea how many other
> "plug-in" vendors might be affected or IF they are affected?  {e.g. Is my
> vendor 'lazy' and everyone else knew this was coming and took care of
> business --- or was this a 'surprise' to everyone?}
> Thanks!
> RonL.
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